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March 3, 2014
His résumé reads like this: Godfather of Freeskiing. Helped create the first twin-tip ski. Founding member of the New Canadian Air Force. And if you’re still not impressed, try to keep up with Mike Douglas at Whistler Blackcomb. It has been his home resort for 25 years, and he still gets at least 60 days per season there. Here are some of his favorite lines on Blackcomb.
December 11, 2013
It’s no secret that the terrain keeps us coming back to Snowbird year after year for our ski test. And with the recent and planned upgrades to our Gad Valley test venue, returning to Snowbird is only getting more attractive. In case you’re heading to the ’Bird—and you should—we’ve asked tester Amber Gale to dish on her favorite Gad Valley secrets.
December 22, 2011
With the installation of the Polar Peak chair this fall, Fernie Alpine Resort opens up new cliff- and chute-studded terrain in a zone that, until now, saw only occasional action as bootpack-accessed spring skiing.
September 15, 2011
When the good people at Snowbird make a “resort improvement,” they don’t just glade an intermediate run or groom a black-diamond pitch. They open 500-acre Mineral Basin. They blast a ski tunnel through 600 feet of rock. And now they’ve opened up Zone 5, a new hairball section of 40-degree terrain off Mount Baldy.
December 8, 2009
This mountain looms nearly 6,500 glaciated feet above the town of Engelberg, home to one of Switzerland's longest-operating monasteries. Go there and pray for snow stability and for one of the many transplanted Swedes to show you around so you don't get cliffed out. Or you could bypass Jesus and follow these directions.
November 12, 2009
Schlasman’s (pronounced Slushman’s) lift opened in December 2008 and accesses 300 acres and 1,700 feet of steep terrain. It’s more skier-friendly (translation: fewer places to get cliffed out) than the rest of Bridger Bowl’s gnarly Ridge, but beacons are required and nothing is marked. Case in point? Last season, patrol regularly performed rope rescues here.
November 3, 2009
Don’t be fooled by the T-bar that accesses this terrain: This is no bunny slope. The North Face, a massive back bowl that slants as much as 50 degrees, is the site of big-mountain competitions and gladed, fluff-filled stashes. If it’s a powder day, get here quickly.
October 27, 2009
Locals have a mantra for the Palisades: “When in doubt, air it out.” This granite block has cameoed so many times in ski-porn that its 60-footers and vise-grip couloirs are as familiar as Glen Plake’s mohawk.